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Sakhi : Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji's Abhiaas of Gurbani


The following extract from Sant Ji's Biography 'Giaan Kirna' describes Sant Ji's intense Abhiaas and love for Gurbani:


Once Bhai Kartar Singh Ji Premi asked Sant Ji, "Sant Ji! whenever any Pankti (line) of Gurbani is recited, you can tell us the Ang which that Pankti is situated on, how is this possible?" Sant Ji told him that before joining the Jatha of Sant Giani Sundar Singh Ji, they had completed 500 Sehaj Paaths of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Bhai Sundar Singh Ji, a carpenter of Singhanwale village told us that Sant Ji came to their village when they were very young to take part in Sri Akhand Paath Sahib Rauls. Sant Ji went to rest after completing their Raul. When Sant Ji fell asleep, they could be heard continuing the Paath from memory from where they left off. They read many Angs from memory in this manner.


Another instance, when Sant Ji finished evening Katha in Langiana village, they came back to their room. As Sant Ji walked in all they could see were many lines of Gurbani written on all four walls of the room. Sant Ji said to the Singhs, “who has written Gurbani all over the walls?” The Singhs replied that they could not see anything written on the walls. Sant Ji seriously looked at them and said, “what has happened to your eyes that you can’t see what is written on the walls?” Sant Ji read many of the lines to the Singhs, they were astounded at what was happening. Gurbani was so embedded into Sant Ji’s mind that everywhere they looked it was all they saw.


A similar instance to the one at Singhanwale, Sant Ji once did Raul at an Akhand Paath Sahib in Rode Village. Sant Ji’s elder brother Bhai Hazara Singh Ji was also in the Paathi Singhs. Sant Ji completed their 2-4 am Taul and went to rest. When they left the Raul the Paath was on the tukk (line):


ਆਪੇ ਆਪਿ ਵਰਤਦਾ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਆਪੇ ਆਪਿ ਅਪਾਹੁ ॥- ਅੰਗ ੬੦੪


When Sant Ji fell asleep, they started reciting the Paath automatically from where they had left off. Bhai Hazara Singh Ji brought the other Paathi Singhs who also witnessed this incident and were in a state of amazement. In the same manner, there is another instance, which Bhai Tara Singh Nihang Singh of Akhara village would also often tell the Sangat. Bhai Sahib said that once he was in Doaba region with Sant Ji, Sant Ji did 2-4 am Raul and after completing Nitnem went to sleep. When Sant Ji went to sleep, they started doing the Paath from where they had left off in the Raul, which Bhai Tara Singh Ji was witness to.


At the age of seven Sant Ji had become a very good Akhand Paathi. Sant Ji used to say, “Before I came to Sant Sundar Singh Ji, I used to do the Paath of the Panj Nitnem Bania five times a day. When I started studying from Sant Ji, they told me to read Nitnem once in the morning and then in the evening to listen to the same Bani from a Singh, so that I could spend more time focusing on my studying of Gurbani Arth.” Sant Ji followed this routine in their life of doing Nitnem twice until their last breath. Sant Ji’s devotion for Gurbani was indescribable. Sant Ji’s mind was always deeply imbued in an ever-flowing stream of Gurbani.


ਮੈ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਆਧਾਰੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਲਾਗਿ ਰਹਾਉ ॥੮॥ I have the Support of the Word of the Guru's Bani. Attached to Gurbani, I survive. ||8|| - Ang 758


- Translation from 'Giaan Kirna', Biography of Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji written by Giani Pritam Singh Ji Likhari

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